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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press April 15, 2015 / The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., RO. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. corn Mail: 113 W. Center Street, Kyle, TX 78640 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. * The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@ HISTORY Founded April 80, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BY MOSES LEOS III All options remain on the table for TxDOT and Kyle as discussions toward implementing traffic control measures at the intersection of Kohler's Crossing and FM 1626 continue. According to Kyle spokesperson Jerry Hendrix, the two entities are evaluating whether a roundabout or traffic signal could work at the intersection. He said the two entities have engaged in discus- sions and are working to- ward a final presentation to the Kyle City Council. No timeframe has been given as to when council would receive an updated presentation. "We don't know if we have the answer yet on which option is better," Hendrix said. How to fund the project is still a matter of "We ask for patience and for people to drive safely. As soon as we can do something to address it, we'll work expeditiously to get that done." -Jerry Hendrix, Kyle spokesperson discussion between the two. Hendrix said funding options wouldn't be finalized until the parties agree to a final product. The city is awaiting fur- ther studies from TxDOT, including updated costs. "The ball is in their court to get back to us," Hendrix said. In an emailed response, TxDOT spokesperson Mark Cross said the proj- ect is still under "evalua- tion / develop ment." He said the city and TxDOT are "working together in partnership", and are weighting options. Cross said no defini- tive timelines have been made. Previously, TxDOT had been working on a 2016 timeline to con- struct a modern round- about at the intersection. "There are no concrete dates set for anything at this point," Cross said. "We are still working with the city on developing the project with one of the options that are still on the table." However, Hendrix wasn't sure what tem- porary options there are for current congestion issues. "We ask for patience and for people to drive safely," Kyle spokesper- son Jerry Hendrix said. soon as we can do something to address it, we'll work expeditiously to get that done." Live Streaming Continued from pg. 1A for posting meetings and providing additional doc- umentation, Hendrix said it cannot integrate with audio and visual elements. "It does not integrate with video, audio and min- utes, which is what we are wanting to provide to our citizens," Hendrix wrote. Ustream, which is a free web streaming service, has similar issues. Additionally; the service is limited to only three hours per meet- ing-- some nights the council meetings go longer than that-- and is subject to viewer advertisements. The city began to implement the switch to Granicus, which comes with a $10,700 price tag. Monies for Granicus come from the Information Technology budget of the General Fund. Recent developments include using the Speak- Up engagement portal, which has hosted the city's StyleKyle website. Hendrix said remaining compo- nents would be imple- mented in May. Kyle joins Buda in cities that migrated to Granicus in the past year. In Sep- tember, Buda adopted the Granicus system. According to Lysa Gon- zalez, director of tourism in Buda, traffic on Granicus was "kind of slow" with regard to the number of views. She said views have steadily increased since then. The city is also actively promoting its ability to stream meetings online. Gonzalez said the city tracks viewership and is working to increase numbers. According to Gonzalez, citizen feedback is positive. She said many enjoy the No More EP? Continued from pg. 1A She said GBP s main water supply is Canyon Lake near New Braunfels. The pipeline currently sup- plies San Marcos, Kyle and Buda with water, but Smith said there is still water in the corridor, meaning the pipeline is not being used to its full capacity. During last week's Hays County Commissioners Court, Commissioner Will Conley said utilizing GBRA would nix the need for Buda to use Electro Purifications services, and that if the entities shared the corridor's resources, water could be more affordable. "If one of the other entities (Kyle or San Marcos) released some of their water within the San Marcos Water Treatment Plant and IH-35 Delivery System, then GBRA would have the capacity to supply [Buda] the approx- imate one million gallons per day..." Smith said. ease of access. Citizens can follow the meetings live and at the same time, click to agenda items, which brings up the corre- sponding video and audio recording. "People do enjoy that aspect," Gonzalez said. 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